Pine Manor’s top achievers recognized

Pine Manor’s top achievers were recognized on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in the annual Alpha Chi induction and PMC's Academic Honors Ceremony. Led in by Dr. Melinda Ponder and Steve Donovan, six students were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society. The Alpha Chi induction, a wonderful candle-lighting ceremony, was led by Prof. William Stargard, Alpha Chi Faculty Advisor, Prof. Melinda Ponder and by Steve Donovan. The Alpha Chi recipients were presented with framed certificates and Alpha Chi pins.

This year, Pine Manor College is proud to have had the following six students’ names added to the list of more than 400,000 members who have joined Alpha Chi since 1922.

  • Erin Cunningham ’14
  • Demi Kalambokis ’14
  • Ngan Lam ’15
  • Elizabeth Lopez ’14
  • Carmen Pena ’14
  • Vanessa Rios ’14

Pine Manor College's President, E. Joseph Lee, is this year's Alpha Chi honorary inductee and speaker 

President Lee thanked Professor Stargard for his many years of service and commitment to Pine Manor College. At his acceptance speech, President Lee recalled his undergraduate academic experience as a French major at St. Michaels College, and reflected upon memorable parts of its liberal arts core curriculum, which prepared and kept him in constant and fearless search for the truth.

Following the Alpha Chi induction ceremony was the recognition of our High Honors and Honors students of Spring and Fall 2013. Presenting their certificates were President E. Joseph Lee, Dean William Vogele, and Dr. William Stargard.

About Alpha Chi

The Massachusetts Delta Chapter of Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that accepts only the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all academic fields and that recognizes and promotes scholarship. Once a member, students are eligible for regional and national scholarships, and may apply to attend Alpha Chi’s annual national convention (at a subsidized cost), where they could present their work to fellow members and faculty from across the country. During the induction, each member receives a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin. In addition, the chapter will purchase and provide an official Alpha Chi medallion to be worn by each member at Commencement.

Pine Manor’s chapter of Alpha Chi was established in 1991 with 16 members. The Massachusetts chapter is the Delta Chapter, as we are the fifth college in Massachusetts to establish a chapter.

In order to qualify for membership a student must be enrolled full time, be a junior or senior with at least one year of residency, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and at least one semester with a 3.75 GPA.

About High Honors and Honors Requirements 

To earn semester Honors, a student must have completed at least 8 credits in courses in which a letter grade is assigned and earn a semester GPA as follows:
For High Honors a 3.50 GPA or higher is required, and for Honors a GPA of 3.20 to 3.49 is required.



Words from some
of our Alpha Chi

 PMC has helped me be more open and sure of my own opinion. The Professors at Pine Manor have pushed me to do my best and to always keep trying.” – Elizabeth Lopez

 So many of PMC's staff members have encouraged me to excel in both my academic life and personal life. Through their expectations I've been able to better myself and understand that not everything works out the way I expect it to. I had to apply myself beyond my comfort zone in order to surpass my own expectations. ” – Vanessa Rios

 Pine Manor College help students develop strong values and helps instill the motivation and the belief that anything is possible. I would like to thank everyone who supported me during these four years, especially my mother Clara. I did well because of all the support I received in at the college from the wonderful professors, and everyone around: the librarians, the campus safety team, and shuttle drivers.” – Carmen Pena